American Airlines and United modified Dreamliner orders to enhance fleet mix – Boeing

American Airline 787 Dreamliner

Boeing executives said Tuesday that delays in airline orders for 787 Dreamliners from American and United airlines stemmed from matching aircraft with their needs, not any disappointment with the innovative aircraft. “Nothing about our fundamental view of the market has changed,” Jim McNerney, Boeing’s CEO, said during an investor day conference. “Airlines are increasingly profitable,” […]

Boeing’s Latest Big Plane Sale Could Be a Tiny Nightmare for Profits

Boeing 777

Not in the matter of sheer numbers, mind you. In fact, from the perspective of plain (or plane?) mathematics, nothing much changed about Boeing’s order book at all. One week ago, Boeing was telling investors it had booked 127 gross plane orders, suffered 16 cancellations, and thus ended up with a “net” order book of […]

United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc would make the […]

FAA Steps Up Oversight of United Airlines

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In the wake of its own damning internal email to pilots to more or less shape up after several major safety events and near-misses, United Airlines has been under increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal has viewed a letter from the FAA sent to United’s […]

United Airlines, Avianca mull potential jet options for 757 fleet

United Airlines Boeing 757

United Airlines is looking at the latest upgraded A321 model from Airbus as well as concepts being touted by Boeing as potential replacements for its Boeing 757 fleet, but does not see a purchase in the near future, a senior executive said on Tuesday. The airline industry is increasingly debating the future of a potentially […]

U.S. Airlines Escalate Battle Against Their Gulf Rivals

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Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines yesterday released evidence of what they call unfair subsidies given to their fastest-growing rivals, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The documents detail what the Big Three say is more than $42 billion in financial support the three Gulf airlines have received from their governments since 2004. […]

United Airlines Warns Pilots After Review Shows Mistakes in Cockpit

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

United Airlines has issued a stern warning to its pilots after mistakes in the cockpit put passenger planes in potential danger. A review of United flight operations data, which details safety incidents involving United pilots and aircraft, prompted the warning, according to an airline official. The safety memo was sent to United Airlines pilots on […]

Analyst Lauds Benefits of Potential United 777-300ER Deal

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As United Airlines reportedly nears a deal to switch 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into an order of 777-300ERs, as reported by Bloomberg, an industry analyst offers insight into why the United 777-300ER deal is a win-win for the airline and the manufacturer. “While we generally do not discuss specifics about our future fleet plans, we […]